The outline application for the New Lubbesthorpe development, to the west of Leicester, was approved by Blaby District Council’s development control committee yesterday evening.
Because it is a departure from the district council’s local plan, the decision will be referred to communities secretary Eric Pickles who has the power to call it in.
The plans were submitted by a consortium of developers including Davidsons, Barratt David Wilson and Hallam Land Management.
According to the planning officers’ report, the 394-hectare application site is mainly agricultural land and woodland.
As well as 4,250 homes, the proposals also include two motorway bridges, across the M1 and the M69, a mixed-use district centre, two mixed-use local centres and a 21-hectare employment site. Also planned are three schools along with parks and open spaces.
The most recent phase of public consultation prompted 1,371 representations of which 1,290 objected.
According to the report, most of these objected to the size of the new development, the loss of greenfield land, and felt it went against the government’s localism policy.
The report says that the the council has a four-year supply of housing land throughout the district and needs to build 8,395 homes in the next 23 years.
It concludes that "the need to provide additional housing and opportunities for employment growth outweighs the identified detrimental impacts," which it says includes the loss of countryside, the increase in traffic, and poorer air quality.
Paul Burton, from the New Lubbesthorpe development consortium, said: "This decision will enable homes which are urgently required in Blaby to be delivered, as well as a multi-million package of transport improvements."
The officers’ report can be found here.